Welcome to the new Peter Fox Shoes blog. Here we will be discussing all things shoes, heels, fashion, weddings etc. Enjoy....and please let us know if you have any questions, comments or ideas.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Share your Peter Fox Shoes pictures

Do you have a great picture of yourself wearing Peter Fox Shoes?

We are working on a "Gallery" page for our website and would love to see pictures of you wearing your Peter Fox Shoes.  They can be from past or present, your Wedding or everyday (especially if you are wearing a fabulous outfit!)  We can use your name if you would like....or you can be anonymous also.  Some of the best shots can be just of the feet!
All submissions will be entered in a weekly raffle to win one our cute shoe bags.
Please send photos to the link below
Photo from Modern Bride (model is wearing the "Britta")

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dyeing Silk Shoes

Dyeing Silk Shoes
All of our silk-satin shoes are dyeable to any color. Our in-house dye service will custom-mix all of the colors to match your fabric swatch. It is a process that involves mixing colors to get the right shade and adding a diluting solution to make it lighter or darker. (It doesn’t affect the size at all.)
 Some colors can be quite easy to mix, and others can be quite difficult.  We mix the color and then test it on fabric swatches until it’s right. (No matter how long it takes!)
 Lighting can affect the color immensely; daylight tends to wash out colors and evening light tends to add yellow tones to a color.  That’s why it’s so important to let your dyer know what lighting situation you will be in.
 If you are wearing the shoes on a rainy day, we recommend you wear another pair of shoes until you get inside.  Although the dye will not run off, it might water- stain a bit.  Silk shoes can be waterproofed with a fabric protecting spray, but we don’t recommend it since it seals the fabric and the shoes cannot be re-dyed.  If they get a bit dirty during the wedding or event, the shoes can always be dyed a darker color later.  Most of our customers end up having the shoes dyed black; it’s always great to have a classic pair of evening shoes in your wardrobe.

Have fun with the shoe color, whether you decide to match a gorgeous gown color or go with a contrasting tone…color can add just the right touch.  Many brides opt for pinks, blues, silver and gold shades or reds.  It’s a great way to express your individuality and wear a pair of shoes that are unique to your own style.

Click the link to our “Gallery” page to see shoes we have dyed. 
Pictured above is style "Annabel" dyed red,  even the ornament is dyeable.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What is a Spectator Shoe?

Have you ever heard the term “Spectator Shoe” and have not been quite sure what it means?
A spectator is known is a women’s shoe that comes in a two-tone color.  Most often seen in black and white or brown and white combinations, it is generally a summer shoe and often has ventilation or decorative perforations or cuts.  Often the accent color is on the heel and toe-cap and has a crisp, clean look.
     They originated in the 1800’s to take the place of spats, whose original purpose was to protect shoes and clothing from dirt and grass stains.  In the 1920’s they were popularized by the Prince of Wales who often wore them to play golf and to sporting events.  Coco Chanel was inspired by the crisp, clean lines and menswear feel in the 1950’s.  The 1980’s again saw a revival of the spectator style and now they are often associated with 1930’s swing style and worn by urban hipsters for a retro- vintage look.
     We here at Peter Fox love Spectator shoes and have produced many variations and color combos over the years.  They have an amazing way of pulling even the simplest outfit together and always look fresh and modern.

Friday, September 17, 2010

What is a Louis heel?

What’s a “Louis” heel?
Many of the shoes in the Peter Fox collection have “Louis” heels, (pronounced like Louie).  We love the sculptural curve of the heel and their “artful” quality. They are elegant and have a timelessness that can have many fashion lives…they never seem to go out of style.
The name and style originated in the seventeenth century with King Louis XIV.  As he was only five foot three inches tall, he commissioned heels to be made for him to increase his height.  Nobody was allowed to have heels higher than his own. He declared that only nobility could wear red shoes and his shoes were often decorated with battle scenes.  They eventually became popular with ladies, especially King Louis’ mistress, Madame Pompadour.

 In the late 1700’s Napoleon banished high heels in an attempt to show equality.  High heels were associated with opulence and wealth, which was to be avoided at the time.  Despite the law, Marie Antoinette went to the guillotine defiantly in two inch heels.

Today the “Louis” term refers to heels with a concave curve and outward taper at the bottom or base of the heel. They are also very ergonomic as the heel is placed directly under the natural heel of the foot, thus creating balance and even distribution of weight which helps keep the back and legs aligned.  They are very useful for outdoor wear and weddings in particular, as the heels won’t sink into the ground as they would with a stiletto heel.

We think the Louis heel is a classic example of form and function at its best!
Also known as: French heels, Pompadour heels, curved heels